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Layered Banana Pudding

My mother gave me this recipe, which an old friend had shared with her. When my children were still at home, we enjoyed this satisfying pudding often, and now I make it for company. There's no comparison between this recipe and the instant pudding mixes from the grocery store! —Esther Matteson, South Bend, Indiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 egg yolks, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped
  • 4 to 6 medium firm bananas, sliced
  • Chopped walnuts, optional


  • In a large saucepan, combine the flour and brown sugar. Stir in milk until smooth. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat.
  • Stir a small amount of hot filling into egg yolks; return all to pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat; stir in butter and vanilla. Cool to room temperature without stirring. Fold in the whipped cream.
  • Layer a third of the pudding in a 2-qt. glass bowl; top with half of the bananas. Repeat layers. Top with remaining pudding. Sprinkle with nuts if desired. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 333 calories, 18g fat (10g saturated fat), 110mg cholesterol, 80mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (33g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • robertahammond
    Apr 10, 2018

    My husband often requests I make this for is so rich and very good!!!!

  • 2124arizona
    May 6, 2017

    Just plain old fashioned comfort food at it's best!!

  • luann8190
    Jul 25, 2014

    Have tried many banana pudding recipes trying to find the "right one". This one is my favorite.

  • fruitsofthespirit9
    May 3, 2013

    Wonderful banana pudding recipe. My family loves it! I have been making it for quite a few years now! Getting ready to make one now:) Yum!!

  • KristyMama
    Apr 11, 2013

    I and a very experienced cook with a taste for very good food. I have been making this for almost a decade. I got it from my MaMaw's ToH duiring a visit. This pudding is to die for! It is a must during every holiday meal. Once I dropped it on the floor and we still ate it!!! That is how amazing it is. Even my husband from Mobile AL says it's the very best he has ever had and pleads to have it made when his family visits. He loves to brag on my cooking and this is his favorite desert I make. We are southerners so we know Nana Puddin. This is hands down the very best you will ever taste. I add shortbread cookies to mine. Let it sit overnight for the very best pudding experience of you life.

  • tpdlady_306
    Jun 22, 2012

    This is positively the best Banana Pudding I've tasted! It is a little labor intensive but well, well worth it! I had layers of vanilla wafers for my hubby.

  • nickandeloisa
    May 11, 2009

    This is the most delicious banana pudding I have ever tried. I've made it for friends and they have asked for the recipe. Making it is time consuming, but the results are worth it.